graeme_p - 9:03 am on Aug 11, 2010 (gmt 0)
The point is that the telcos want to extract money from owning their customers. They also want to sell unlimited packages for just the cheaper to provide services: It has happened in other countries, but has been held back in the US by the threat of FCC regulation.
This article has a reference to a French service that completely blocked P2P and VOIP: [iptegrity.com ]
Here is an ad from Australian ISP Optus offering unlimited Facebook: [personal.optus.com.au ] I have also seen a similar ad in Sri Lanka.
Optus were/are also blocking the Android store until they got a cut:
Yes, as Tallon says, no one really controlled the internet. The telcos want to change that: what is going to stop them other than regulation?